Once upon a time, the only way to earn a paycheck was to get up at the crack of dawn, put on your business casual attire, and head off to the workplace for eight hours. Well times have surely changed, and now a paycheck can be earned from the comfort of your own home.
Today, there are many ways that men and women are earning a living without stepping outside of their front door. They are doing this on their own schedule, on their own terms, and in exchange they are finding the freedom and flexibility the traditional workplace was lacking. If you have always dreamed of making money from home, you should know that your dream can in fact become a reality. Below, you will find 7 ways to make money from home and earn a living you can be proud of.
1. Open an eBay Store.
If you have an eye for antiques, collectibles, or any items with resale value, then you are capable of opening an eBay store. When you own your own eBay store, you can list items that you find for sale and turn an easy profit. Scour thrift stores, flea markets, second hand stores, etc. to find items with a resale value and clean them up, write a great description, and pair it all with a clear picture. You can start selling and earning money in no time. My Friend Zack sells items on ebay successfully. He explains how easily it is done on his website: Look Before Spending. Visit www.ebay.com
2. Sell your handmade goods on Etsy.
Etsy is an online marketplace for all things handmade. If you are a crafter specializing in handmade jewelry, clothing or home décor, then check out how easy it is to sell on Etsy. Listings are only around .25 each and your handmade goods will be available to people all over the world. Show off your skills, open an Etsy shop and start selling! Visit www.etsy.com.
3. Get paid for giving your opinion.
Do you love to share your opinion? Believe it or not there are plenty of people who will pay you for it! There are many reputable survey sites out there that will pay you cash to take surveys and express your opinion. Surveys take anywhere from five to thirty minutes to complete and you get paid anywhere between $2.00-$50.00 for your participation. Some sites worth checking out are www.toluna.com , www.mysurvey.com and Valued Opinions.com
4. Become a virtual assistant.
A virtual assistant is similar to a secretary, however your boss is typically states away! A virtual assistant will help a blogger or site owner answer emails, post articles, edit photos, find facts, and other tasks to keep the site running smoothly. Virtual assistants can be paid by the job or by the hour, it all depends on the agreement between you and the site owner. To find a job as a VA, including Elance at www.elance.com.
5. Become a skills tutor.
This does not mean you need to teach reading, writing, and arithmetic, it means you can teach any skill you excel at! If you are an excellent piano player, writer, singer, even couponer, you can share your skills with others. Tutors are typically paid by the hour at a price that you set. Advertise your services in the local newspaper or on Craigslist at www.craigslist.com
6. Advertise through a blog.
If you have a blog, you can get paid to advertise on your site. Companies are willing to pay you to put banners of their on your page, as well as promote various offers they are promoting. To get signed up as an affiliate (an affiliate is a person who advertises for these companies) you can visit various sites that will get you started such as Commission Junction www.cj.com.
7. Be a direct sales rep.
Are you great with make up? Why not sell cosmetics for Mary Kay or Avon? Love jewelry? Why not sell for Origami Owl? Are candles and smell goods your thing? Why not become a Scentsy rep? There are so many direct sale opportunities available from companies such as Thirty One, Tastefully Simple, and others. Visit their websites or find a rep in your area to get started. You can then start hosting home parties and selling your product online. Direct sale reps can earn as much as 50% commission on their sales!
As you can see, these are seven legitimate ways to make money right from the comfort of your home. They are all simple to start up and a great way to tap into the talents you already have. Start small and before you know it you too can be earning a regular paycheck. These seven ways to make money from home are simple, effective, and ones that you can start exploring as soon as you finish reading this article. Good luck!
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June 27, 2013 at 12:57 pm
I sell on ebay and I love it. I am a stay at home mom who needed to make extra cash. I started by cleaning out our closets and selling what I already had and now I hit the second hand stores, flea markets, clearance racks and buy name brand items. I could make up to 1,000 a month but it is a job that requires time and great customer service but I do I all from home and I get to choose my work hours. 🙂
June 27, 2013 at 7:57 pm
I just became a brand partner for this company called NeriumAD don’t know If anyone is familiar with it but its a new company it’s about 13 months old and already making $$$ feature on the red carpet and success magazine twice
June 28, 2013 at 6:38 am
I too love selling on eBay! I am cleaning out our closets as I type this and its a great way to “upcycle” your wardrobe budget! Perhaps I will move onto thrifting as well once I feel good about our own level of “stuff”. 😉
Thanks for the tip about being a virtual assistant as well! I’m a Personal Assistant at the minute but when/if I have kids, I’d love to go virtual so I can work from home!
June 6, 2016 at 7:42 am
Thanks for sharing. I use ebay to earn some money as well. I love that moment when I can start cleaning out our closets and then buy some new awesome things.